So, this morning I am totally brain dead! Seriously apprentice zombie mode due to lack of sleep (still ill but getting better dog), rescheduling those clients I told you I cancelled due to the dog, 2 ever more imminent deadlines to meet and family about to arrive on me for holidays (ugh cleaning to do!) And… it’s hot (yayyy) and sunny (double yayyyyy) so my head is definitely outdoors and trying to entice my body to join it! Offices ‘R’ NOT Us today!
When your mind is a total blank, so blank you can’t even remember your name let alone create a project, develop an idea or motivate a team, what do you do? Cry into your coffee and have a good moan or take action to find inspiration? Well crying into your coffee and having a good moan can actually be a good way to release tension and frustrated emotions so it can make you feel better, but action not only makes you feel better but also lights that inspirational spark!
Have you found your trigger yet for igniting your spark when the flame has gone out? If you haven’t I really recommend you spend some time exploring the options and discovering 2 or 3 ways that work for you.
You must be getting used to me always saying how much various things make your life easier but it is so important. When life is easier we are more positive, less stressed, have more energy, are more productive, have more time and overall are happier. It gives us time to bounce! When we have bounce we have fun J
Here are some of my suggestions for finding inspiration:
- Go for a walk in nature – Think about the topic you need to find inspiration for and go out for an active walk in nature, even 20 minutes can be enough. Don’t fixate on the subject, just enjoy the nature around you and the feeling of moving. It gives you pleasure, relaxes you and gets those creative juices working. Most of the time the inspiration you need just floats up to the surface naturally, it is nature’s gift to you!
- Vision Board – Whatever it is that you need inspiration for make a mini vision board. Find pictures linked however distantly to what you are planning or working on. The visual images and just the physical action of cutting them out, pinning them on a board and looking at them releases the blockages and lets the inspiration start to flow in.
- Mind Mapping – Always good for all situations both personal and professional and a real boon if you are locked in an office and can’t leave the premises. Opens up your lateral thinking channels and sparks ideas.
- Exercise – All types really help, in fact exercise helps everything always (!) but for the creative juices I find yoga particularly good, relaxing, stress relieving and peaceful, it is just made for opening minds and generating creativity!
- Meditation – We all know this one. Start by doing a few stretching exercises, then begin the meditation with the thought of what you need inspiration about in your head, then let it go and drift serenely into your meditation. Afterwards you will feel refreshed and very probably the answer will have swum into your consciousness.
Do any of these ‘speak’ to you? What do you normally do? I would love to hear what works for you…
I am off now into nature – Let the inspiration commence!